Taking a trip to Casali di Casole, whether as an Owner or a guest, is not just an escape into the sun-soaked Tuscan hills. It's a journey into the heart of Italy.
Couched in the warmth and hospitality of the team at Timbers Resorts' luxury residence clubs, at Casali di Casole you can partake of fine food, wine, a little workout, a little relaxation, and do so all within the confines of a common tongue.
But if you don't step out to the towns and villages that dot the countryside, you're missing all that Tuscany has to offer. And when you go, do as the as the Italians do — have in mind a little something charming to say to friends.
Let's do a quick crash course in Italian expressions that will get you through a day in Tuscany, and into the good graces of those you meet. It's Italian: Timbers style!
A Bit of Strange Luck
Start your day with buongiorno! (good morning), of course. Maybe it's time to pull up a chair in a little cafe, tuck into a bit of breakfast before hitting the rest of the road.
— Ordering Breakfast: Time for what Italians call colazione is time for coffee and pastries at most Italian bars (read: cafes).
Un caffe, per favore should get you started, but if it's a couple of cappuccinos you'd prefer, just swap the caffe for cappuccini.
If you want your morning cup cold, add fredda after the noun.
— Off You Go: As you head out on your journey, someone might say this to you: in bocca al lupo. They're wishing you good luck as you go into the mouth of the wolf (you might just hear this if you're off on your first drive at the wheel). Here's what to say back: crepi il lupo. You mean: death to the wolf. Because you're going to do fine!
The Afternoon Shadow
Pranzo is lunch, and most Italians take theirs after one 1 p.m. Maybe you want an insalata (salad) or a panino (sandwich). Later, here's a little custom that visitors tend to miss.
— The Ombra: Primarily associated with Venice, the ombra (plural: ombre) can still pop up wherever there is (a.) wine culture and (b.) a little bar nestled in an authentic Italian village.
What you want to find is an osteria, a small establishment serving wine and simple plates of food.
Late in the day — after 3 p.m., let's say — step in and ask for due ombre bianchi. What you're asking for is two shadows of white wine, two small pours meant to be consumed by friends standing at a bar.
In some places, at the right time of day, you can even get away with simply: do bianchi. See what happens.
The shadow in question refers to that of the tallest tower in an Italian town, which a wine seller would follow throughout the day with his cart, offering short sips to workers and residents in the relative cool.
And so, if in Italy someone says ci vediamo all'ombra ("I'll meet you at the shadow"), in a rather special way they're inviting you out for glass of wine. You can say it, too.
Good Wishes All Around
As the day winds down, you might end up in the presence of a party. That's the Italian way.
If someone's celebrating a birthday, buon compleanno often does the trick, to say congrats. Or, as Natalie at Italian Moments suggests, try tanti auguri. It means: many good wishes.
If it's a happy couple's 20th, on the other hand, say: buon anniversario, though you can trade out buon (good, best) for a felice (more or less: happy) if you like.
Finally, saying farewell comes in a lot of permutations.
The basic arrivederci, most of us know. If you're meeting up tomorrow morning, try a domani.
If too many ombre marked your evening, you might beg off with a gentle mi e piaciuto molto; e gia tardi — "I enjoyed myself very much; it's rather late."
As you learn new, local phrases from your friends in Tuscany, drop us a note here at Timbers Resorts. We'll share what you know with your fellow Owners, and we'll all help keep Casali di Casole on the "clever" edge of la lingua Italiana.
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